Sunday, October 04, 2009

A Real HOOT

tiny owl badge, made by Madame O W L S herself!
The above pictured little badge was given to me by Madame O W L S herself when she visited this part of Pennsylvania last week. She gave a lecture on campus and was kind enough to make some time so we could get together. Let me just say that Kate is just as ___________ (insert superlative adjective connoting kind/hilarious/smart/lovely) as you would imagine. We had a gas together and I can't wait to coax her back here for more Central PA. hi-jinx.
Tea from Kate!
As I mentioned, she gave me the tiny owl pal, some Yorkshire tea (which she knew I loved & sadly tastes somewhat not fresh over here) as well as one of her famous bee bags (no picture because it is being used at the moment, woo hoo!). I in turn offered her the meager shawl that I made last week, and she did me proud by wearing it at her lecture. Did I mention that she's incredibly sweet?
An afternoon with Kate
I was able to don my new favorite sweater for her visit, a little doozy you might have heard of? Yes people, I am that person, the person who wears the pattern of the famous sweater when she meets its creator. O W L S...
O W L S
The Specs:
Pattern: O W L S by Kate Davies
Yarn: Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds
, #953, Dark Grey Welsh, 6.25 skeins
Needles: Size 7.00 mm, addi turbo bamboos
Size: Large
Mods: Well, there were a few, starting with the no waist shaping because ohai I don't have one--but I'm getting there. I went up a needle size from the recommended 6.5 and also bound off in pattern with a size 13 needle. I also seem to somehow have made it more of a boat neck than a regular crew neck--I think I got a tad excited and bound off like three rows too early. Whoops.
O W L S
This was such a clear pattern--Kate is a wizard. The knitting took less than a week and the eyes took me several nights of distracted sewing to complete. The yarn is pricey but there is no surprise there, right? This particular Rowan seems at first like it might be scratchy but because of the lanolin, I found it to be nice and oily, just the way I like it. Heh.
O W L S
I have already gotten a ton of compliments on this sweater and can't wait to wear it at Rhinebeck. I'll be the one wearing the mom jeans, please say hi if you see me with Babs...

33 comments:

grumperina said...

That's a seriously awesome sweater! I love the color of the buttons/eyes you chose.

ktb38 said...

I love the sweater! It looks lovely on you!

Kirsten said...

Love the Owls! I agree with Grumperina, the eyes are perfect.

That last picture of you is adorable! I love your hair. The new color is ____________(insert superlative that means amazing, sassy, flattering here).

LEO said...

I just can't say enough times how much I dig your choice on the o w l e y e s !! Perfect perfect perfect.

Becky said...

Lucky you! Sounds like fun for both you and Kate!

Pikku- Kettu said...

It looks wonderful!! I love those little blue-eyed owls!

SJ said...

That is one fab sweater. Even if the owl eyes are kind of creeping me out because I feel like they're watching me. Your sweater is watching me, I tell you!

Cynthia said...

Both the sweater and your hair look fabulous.

ingrid said...

Cute and cute! You're adorable in owls.

Melanie said...

Beautiful sweater. It looks great on you!

Diana said...

I'm lovin' that sweater!

Jodi said...

Cute, warm, and woolly! Great sweater. I love knitting the little cable owls.

kim said...

Love this sweater and your choice of aqua owl eyes. It totally makes it. I will be the one who sees you in the sweater, gets excited, then hides behind a tree. :)

Yarnhog said...

I love the green eyes! Great sweater. I haven't made one, but I may just have to. I want green eyed owls, too.

Kim said...

Awesome! MOm jeans! You could wear pantaloons and no one would notice because your sweater is so wonderful! I'll be wearing my Owls at Rhinebeck too. See ya!

leslie said...

okay... the brown with the green/blue eyes! fantastic!!!! now i want one!!!
i also want to go to rhinebeck.... bummer.

(btw.... you look so pretty!!!!!)

a friend to knit with said...

that was me!

peaknits said...

That sweater is wonderful - you look happy to be wearing it too - even better! I love the green eyes for contrast. "mom jeans" - I love it! (you know, since I have about a closet full of those myself...em)

Brenda said...

Great sweater. I love the colour. And that tea has me intrigued too.

yahaira said...

I love it! the color, the eyes, the yarn...everything! I may have to copy you and knit one of these for me in the same yarn. I've been dying to try it!

weezalana said...

That turned out great! Gorgeous contrast color on the eyes, too. Although, every direction lean, the eyes are following me...ahhhhhh!

tiennie said...

I love it! I love all the eyes!! It rocks and so do you!

kim said...

How fun! I love your sweater, it turned out nicely. The eyes really pop.

Beverly said...

Dear lord, that is fabu!

Heather said...

I am jealous of you meeting Kate in person.

I am envious of your awesome OWLS wool/button combo.

I covet your hair color.

You rock.

Alison said...

Adorable! and mom jeans? Well, you're a knitter, you knit beautiful sweaters, no one will be looking at your jeans...

Jessica said...

Lovely sweater! Hope to see you at Rhinebeck. :)

alligator said...

That looks great! I have to agree about the eyes, they are perfect! I am working on an Owls sweater now too and I wasn't going to put buttons on but seeing yours has caused me to reconsider...

And hey, a finished sweater for you! That's got to feel good, right?

Liz said...

I really must get around to knitting me some owls - yours is fabulous and I just love their piercing blue eyes.

Preeti said...

The tweed combined with those eyes, love it!

earthchick said...

You already know that I am completely in love with this sweater and want to marry it and have a million of its owly babies.

In other words: fab job. It looks beautiful on you.

Susie said...

Gorgeous sweater. Love the eyes!

Melody said...

I *love* this sweater! It looks wonderful on you!